WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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i saw a t-shirt the other day that made me laugh out loud. It said: I Have OCD/Obsessive Christmas Disorder. If my mother-in-law was still with us today, she would have bought the shirt immedi- ately and worn it proudly, because from July 5 (when her shopping commenced) through December 27 (after returns were made) she lived and breathed Christmas. Our children dubbed her "The Christmas Monster," a moniker she accepted with good humor and pride. She earned the name with her countless phone calls asking us, "What do you really want? What do you really need? What size are you now?" (I always loved that one.) Then the boxes would arrive filled with dozens of wrapped gifts, our names written in black magic marker, and always with the instructions: Open First, Open Fifth, Open Last. I'm not sure why the instructions were necessary as she never missed a Christmas with us, but I guess she just wanted some semblance of order. It was always a surprise to discover what was in those little packages. Inevitably there were items we never even realized we needed (or wanted), like electronic nose hair clippers, onion goggles, T-shirts with Shakespearean swear words, and hand-knitted snoods. No matter what the gift was, however, one thing was always clear: My mother-in-law loved her family more than life itself, and giving us wacky gifts was one expression of that love. However, for my mother-in-law, the holiday season was about much more than giving gifts. As a Presbyterian minister, the majority of her time was spent helping others, regardless of the time of year. But she was especially busy between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Over the course of our next few issues, you'll meet others from a variety of faiths who devote their lives to others, and are inspirational and spiri- tual guides to many of us. In the first article in the series "Our Religious Leaders," we meet four dynamic individuals: The Reverend Sarah Sarchet Butter, Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, Chaplain Alyssa Adreani, and Father William B. Palardy. If you have someone in your life you would like us to interview, please email me at jill@welleselywestonmagazine.com. This time of year can be overwhelming for some of us, especially our little ones, with the abundance of social gatherings and sensory overload in the stores. I hope you'll take the time to read our Family Matters article that has excellent advice on how to focus on the spirit of giving, establish meaningful traditions, and help those who are less fortunate than we are. In Good Works, learn about another opportunity for giving back with Family Promise Metrowest, an organization that helps homeless families. I hope your holiday season is filled with happiness and creating precious memories with those you love. 16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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